New PM Articles for the Week of June 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 20 – 26. And this week’s video: a short cartoon on the nature of resistance to change as a failure to communicate. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Craig Brown makes the counter-argument to the #NoProjects meme. Apparently, this is a thing in certain programmer circles.
  • Glen Alleman uses bicycle riding as a metaphor for the balance between control and stability, risk management and execution.
  • Katie Rogers reports on the rapid adoption of covering laptop cameras with a piece of tape – notably, by Mark Zuckerberg and the head of the FBI. Maybe we should, too.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explains why it is so important for the customer to understand the process used to manage the project.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on how to create a project summary we can deliver in under 60 seconds.
  • Ruth Zive describes the best practices to achieve an auditable project when working in a regulated business environment.
  • John Goodpasture considers the inherent limitations of the qualitative risk matrix, in detail.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Trish Sutter on facilitating innovation in project processes. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brent Dykes notes that it is more common to question data that doesn’t support our beliefs than it is to question the assumptions behind our beliefs.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski contemplates the idea of “value for money.”
  • Johanna Rothman writes about the nature of the product owner role: the PO is the center of organizational “learning” about the product. Part 2 and 3.
  • The Clever PM reminds us that the Product Manager is not the User – you are a conduit for ideas to be considered for implementation.
  • Dave Prior interviews Roman Pichler on his new book: “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Hillery interviews Sean Landry, creative director at TripAdvisor, who asserts that autonomy breeds ownership.
  • Mike Cohn lists both incentives and deterrents that can help your daily Scrums to start on time.
  • Paul Carvalho looks at the application of mind mapping techniques to facilitate software testing.
  • Sourav Singla describes his approach to a common XP technique: he calls it “confined pair programming.”

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Penny Pullan about her new book, “Virtual Leadership.” Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey makes the case for an inclusive approach to implementing strategy through projects.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her interview series with Gail Rolls with a conversation on the value of team-building activities.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists some of the interview questions that candidates really want you to ask. Like, “What’s the difference between a ’rounding error’ and a cost overrun?”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Peter Wilson on what the hiring and onboarding process looks like for an offshore team. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Lindsay Patterson tells the story of NUMMI, a joint venture that helped General Motors absorb Toyota’s culture of quality.
  • Greg Schultz reminds us that the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will expire on July 29, 2016.
  • Hanh Nguyen has collected images of 32 T-shirts you’d be proud to wear to any IT geek conference. But probably not your high school reunion.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Simone Giertz explains how she became the Queen of Shitty Robots. Less than two minutes, generally safe for work, and inspiring for those with imagination, but neither technical nor social skills.

Must read!

  • Thomas Carney has rounded up six diverse, well-qualified opinions on the #NoEstimates debate. Well worth reading, and even more worth thinking about.
  • Kailash Awati tells the story before the story – a parable about setting business expectations before beginning a data science project. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Jim Dewald on his upcoming book, “Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking.”

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin points out the ramifications the Brexit vote will have for businesses and the project managers who will have to implement all those contingency plans.
  • Harry Hall notes the steps to take when you have to replace a team member on a project.
  • Kenneth Ashe recommends strategic thinking as an approach to identify and assess process improvements.
  • Kimberly Wamba expounds on best practices in managing uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • Oscar Berg counts off the reasons why corporate investments in IT commonly fail.
  • Ruairi O’Donnellan introduces Brightwork’s new Resource Management Pocket Guide. It’s a free download, once you provide your contact information.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Susanne Madsen on how to manage a demanding workload. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Derek Huether notes, “we need a lot fewer Agile police and a lot more Agile ambassadors.”
  • Henny Portman reviews “Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives,” by Ben Linders and Linus Goncalves. Includes links to two related YouTube videos.
  • Martin Aziz describes the Retro Game, a board game for teams prone to sitting around the table and asking each other, “Well, what do you think?”
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Dave West on the future of Scrum. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jayaprakash Prabhakar defines two alternatives to TDD: acceptance test-driven development and exploratory test-driven development.
  • Dave Prior interviews Katrina Coker about selecting an accountability partner to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shoaib Ahmed identifies four key part of any organization’s transition to Agile.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty rants abut managers who don’t take on the responsibility to identify and develop talent.
  • Liane Davey notes that talent management can bring out the worst in bad managers.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how managers can use a goal-based process to train their employees for success.
  • Gina Abudi reflects on what to address when considering an employee for a supervisory role.
  • Seth Godin reminds us that it takes guts to recruit people who are better than we are. But it’s necessary in order to raise the average.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates the eccentric employee, who should not be managed but should be allowed to fiddle a bit.
  • Lisette Sutherland discusses the challenges people and companies face when they transition to remote work. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham opines on why most people fail at making career changes.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ed Deci’s TED Talk on controlled motivation and autonomous motivation. Ed is the co-developer of the self-determination theory, which suggests that we should create conditions under which people can motivate themselves. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman presents the case for and against estimates, in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This series should be sufficient justification for you to follow her blogs.
  • Nick Statt reports on Microsoft’s new project management app for Office 365, called Planner. Not a replacement for Project, but a collaboration and planning tool.
  • Brad Egeland provides one-page summaries for twelve project management, collaboration, and portfolio management software products.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin collected insights from six PM’s on how they manage multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Pat Weaver looks into those cases where the critical path includes task dependencies other than Finish-to-Start links.
  • Clark Wimberly notes that proper preparation is required for a kick-off meeting which will pay dividends throughout the project.
  • Henny Portman reviews “PPM! Manage Your Organization Masterfully with Project portfolio Management.”
  • Cameron Conaway interviews Robin Kwong, Special Projects Editor at the Financial Times, who find clarity by beginning each project with the same question: What’s it for?
  • Kenneth Ashe explains how to create and use an Issues Log.
  • Rob England proposed two deliberately conflicting principles to guide a DevOps transformation, in order to create a dynamic tension. Which is how the world works, right?

Agile Methods

  • Dave Prior notes the untimely passing of Agile leading light Jean Tabaka by pulling two interviews from his archives. A total of 42 minutes, safe for work. She will be sorely missed.
  • Saumya Nigam explains estimation using story points.
  • Faisal Ansari uses the INVEST model to determine whether backlog items are well written, as the first step in splitting them into smaller stories.
  • Emanuele Passera continues his introduction to Kanban series with part 2.
  • Tom McFarlin considers Reid Hoffman’s quote, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, then you’ve launched too late.”
  • Tami Flowers describes using Lean/ Agile methods to establish a data governance organization framework.
  • Bob Tarne explains the concept of “ready ready.” It’s where you need to begin in order to get to “done done.” You can say that again …

Applied Leadership

  • Suresh MK uses events from the life of Nelson Mandela to illustrate John Kotter’s eight-stage process of creating major change.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Bart Engal on his book, “Leading Through Language: choosing Words that Influence and Inspire.”
  • Lysette Sutherland interviews Dave Hecker on effectively managing geographically distributed software development teams. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on what to do when your project team hates each other. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • David Manheim looks at complexity, reification, Goodhart’s Law, and why measurement is hard. So is spelling reification.
  • Travis Bradberry explains why you should work for 52 minutes, then take a break for 17 minutes. Got your timer ready?
  • Abby Wolfe shares an infographic on the high-impact LinkedIn profile updates you should make when job-hunting.
  • Seth Godin suggests we talk slowly, because “um” doesn’t add as much value as silence.

Enjoy!